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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nutella Crepe Recipe

Bonjour Mes Amis!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Wow, it's hard to believe after all of that planning, preparing, decorating and shopping the day has come and gone.  I don't know about you, but I always look forward to the quiet days after the holiday.  After all of the hustle and bustle, time for reflection is a good thing!
Today I wanted to share with you the most delectable recipe for Nutella filled crepes.
The recipe comes from the Jan/Feb issue of Romantic Homes magazine.
I am not thrilled, by the way, that the magazine has now decided to double up on their issues.  As a long time subscriber, I was none too happy to see that instead of receiving 12 issues a year, they are now just printing 10.  Oh well, I digress.
Back to the important stuff, crepes!!
The first time I ever tasted Nutella filled crepes was over 14 years ago, when hubby and I went on our first trip to Paris together.  Ooh, la, la!  Nothing can be more Parisian than crepes, and it seems as if there is a creperie on nearly every block.
Ever since my first taste, I vowed that I wanted to learn how to make them.  Well, all these years later, I finally did give them a try!

Mixing the batter couldn't be easier!  Just a quick whirl in the blender is all it takes for a super smooth batter.
For me, the tricky part was in the flipping. They make it look oh so easy in Paris, where crepe making is a true art form! I will have to work on perfecting my technique!

So, here is what mine looked like, below.
Not quite as perfect looking as the ones pictured above, but let me tell you, they were delish!
Sprinkled generously with powdered sugar, and served with a dollop of whipped cream, I was instantly transported to the streets of Paris!
Now I think I've started a new tradition, Christmas Crepes!
Below are a few shots that I snapped a few years back on one of our visits to Paris, where they take their crepe making very seriously!  The little stands are everywhere, it seems.  They front many little bistros and cafes, and have a window open to the sidewalk, where you walk up and place your order.  They always have a large chalkboard listing all of the filling options, everything from savory to sweet.  Jambon and fromage are very popular (ham and cheese), but our very favorite is the Nutella!
The wonderful scents of butter and sugar fill the air as you walk by, making it nearly impossible not to stop!!
It is so fun watching them create your crepe.
First off, they have two very large round griddles.  They ladle the batter onto one of the hot buttered griddles, then use a little rake like tool to spread the batter very thinly over the entire surface.  It only takes a minute or two for the crepe to cook on each side.
This is where they make it look easy, flipping the crepe.  They use two long metal spatulas to flip the crepe onto the other griddle, cook for a minute, and then fill!
Is your mouth watering yet?  Mine sure is!
This is what a typical creperie looks like in Paris.  Notice the walk up window and crepe menu board.  Of course you could walk in and have a seat at the bistro, too.
They always fold the crepes into quarters, never roll them up.  Then they wrap them in parchment, hand them to you, and WOW!  Strolling the streets of Paris, nibbling on your hot fresh crepe, you feel that all is right with the world, even if just for a brief fleeting moment!

I do hope you try making the crepes, let me know if you do!
Bon appetit!


Trisha said...

I love crepes! We always filled ours with homemade strawberry jam, whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar...now I am craving them! I just bought a subscription so good to know that I am not getting as good a deal as I thought. Oh well, I will still love it. Hope you are enjoying the rest of the year!


Ordinary J said...

I had never had nutella before but certainly love crepes:)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Oh Donna, how wonderful. Your crepes look so good. I can only imagine how good they were with Nutella. Did you use a flat gridle?
Too bad about our RH going to 10 months and still costing the same.
Have a great week and Happy New Year!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I just might have to try crepes at home! :)


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

oh Donna, they look wonderful. But I am afraid that I am on a strict diet and I can't have them, but rest
assured that as soon as I can I will be making some or I do know a little restaurant in Brea, CA that make them. Yumyum.
Have a Happy New Year dear friend.